Trimming is best left to the pros, but for your convenience, we've provided some suggestions here and in our DIY dog grooming video. Unless there are mats in your dog's coat that need to be shaved or clipped away, it's vital to bathe your dog before reducing their hair.

The type of hair your dog has and how active he is will determine how often you should bathe him. If a dog's skin is too cleansed, it will become dry and devoid of natural oils. Grooming wipes can help dogs with smooth coats who are in between baths.

What is the typical dog grooming routine? This depends on the breed, but a Poodle or a Yorkie, for example, might require one.

This varies by breed, but a Poodle or a Yorkie, for example, may need a bath and a haircut every few months.

Check for parabens, dyes, and sulphates in your pet shampoo. Because the PH levels are different and it may not be as mild, human shampoo should not be used. Tearless pet shampoo is perfect for use around the face because it is gentle on the skin and does not irritate the eyes.

Brushing your dog on a daily basis is ideal, but brushing your dog three times a week will suffice for maintenance in between professional dog grooming visits. Brushing can be done at any time during the day if it is more convenient for you.

To make it a positive bonding experience, use treats, toys, or chews before and during the process. For the best results, use a slicker brush and comb together. 

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